§ Mr. MacShane
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what data he has collated on the extent of access by schools to sports playing fields since May 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999 (SPRs) prescribe minimum areas, as well as quality standards, for team game playing fields for which schools must have access. No data have been gathered on the extent of access which schools have to sports playing fields since May 1997, or before.
Data being obtained through Asset Management Plans will eventually provide a comprehensive picture of the number and condition of school playing fields throughout England.